David Kocher Repeats at 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open

Tournament Raises $8,700 for Hendrick Family Foundation

(Kannapolis, NC) – Amateur golfer and 2016 defending champion, David Kocher, captured the 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open Presented by Mobipaid on June 8 after an intense final round at The Club at Irish Creek. Kocher and  fellow amateurs Eric Bae, Thomas Eldridge, and Aman Gupta, finished 36 holes tied at 206 (-6).  On the first playoff hole, the 221-yard par-3 #18, all competitors made par.  On the 406-yard par-4 #1, Kocher drained an eight-foot putt for birdie and the repeat victory.

Kocher, a senior on the University of Maryland golf team, began the day tied for second at 136 (-6) with fellow amateur Thomas Eldridge.  They sat three strokes behind Concord, NC local amateur Aman Gupta’s 139 (-9).  Breezy conditions and the demanding Davis Love III course design proved challenging for everyone on top the leaderboard, thus the tie at the end of regulation.

Kocher is only the fourth person in the 53-year history of the North Carolina Open to successfully defend his title.

168 of the top playing PGA Professionals and amateurs in North and South Carolina came together at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, North Carolina for a shot at one of the region’s most prestigious golf tournaments and a unique chance to support The Hendrick Family Foundation – the charitable arm of Hendrick Motorsports and the Hendrick Auto Group. Throughout the event, there were a series of unique fundraising opportunities for the Foundation with help from presenting partner, Mobipaid, who supports payments and donations through text messaging and social media. By the final day of the tournament, the North Carolina Open was able to donate $8,700 to the Hendrick Family Foundation making it one of the Section’s most successful events to date.

The 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open Presented by Mobipaid is an official Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Award Presented by OMEGA points event.  Additionally, PGA Members' scores count toward the True Temper CPGA Johnny Palmer Trophy, which recognizes the best scoring average for the season.




The CPGA sincerely thanks its event partners for their generous support.


This is SignArt's fourth year as Title Partner of the NC Open.

SignArt is a sign company known for its quality craftsmanship and professional project management expertise.  It is a full service company providing site surveys and recommendations, graphic design, technical shop drawings, fabrication, installation, and sign permit acquisition services.  Its account executives can assist you with budget recommendations and value engineering suggestions.



This is Mobipaid's first year as Presenting Partner of the NC Open.

Mobipaid is an easy to use payment technology, which will help your business effectively collect payments using text messaging, email and even Social Media. Whether you are a small business owner or a large corporation, when using Mobipaid you can reach your customers directly on their mobile devices with a personalized payment request that includes an instant payment option.


Page & Tuttle

Page & Tuttle is River's End Trading Company's exclusive golf brand.  Page & Tuttle's well-earned reputation for high performance golf apparel is built on a focus to deliver garments that allow for full range of motion for a golfer's swing with innovative cooling fibers.  Proud to be at the top of the leaderboard, the brand promises to offer customers only the best green grass products in the industry.


Mobile Pro Shop

With your support and from humble beginnings in 1973 we have grown to serving thousands of golf courses and country clubs in virtually every state throughout the United States.  We partner with many of your state and local PGA Sections throughout the U.S. including Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee just to name a few.  Through these partnerships we have had the unique opportunity to meet and work with hundreds of golf professionals.  For that, we thank you!


Premier Golf Services

Premier Golf Services works with events of all sizes—from local charity events to Fortune 500 outings—and we know how to tailor an event to your needs to make it fun and successful.  Whether you want to host a memorable charity event or plan a fun day out for your clients, we provide unique and affordable products and services that will save you time, money, and effort.


True Temper

The leading manufacturer of golf shafts in the world, True Temper Sports is consistently the number one golf shaft on all professional tours globally.  True Temper is awarding the NC Open champion and the winner of the closest the pin contest a new driver shaft or custom set of iron shafts.



About The Club at Irish Creek

The centerpiece of The Club at Irish Creek is a stunning 18-hole Davis Love III Signature Golf Course. Set into dramatic, rolling terrain that encircles a pristine 400-acre lake, Love’s design takes full advantage of the mature forest, the natural contours, and the ever-present lakefront, which is visible from 16 of the 18 holes.

Competitors will enjoy breathtaking views and a masterful design that pays homage to a past where walking was part of the game. With few forced carries, wide fairways, and ample greens this is a true members course with just enough variables to make it as challenging as a track you’ll find on our schedule this year. In the April issue of Business North Carolina Magazine, the NC Golf Panel ranked The Club at Irish Creek #38 of the Top 100 Courses in North Carolina, and 5th in the Charlotte Metro Region.


About Carolinas PGA

Since its inception in 1923, the Carolinas PGA Section has been committed to nurturing and improving the quality of the game for the thousands of golfers using its member facilities.  Now the largest of the PGA’s forty-one sections, the Carolinas PGA Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association boasts nearly 2,000 professional members and represents more than 800 golf facilities within North and South Carolina as well as portions of southern Virginia.

PGA professionals are responsible for conducting a variety of golf-related functions which include human resource management, golf shop merchandising, golf instruction, tournament operations, junior golf programs, growth of the game initiatives, golf club repair, administering the rules, public relations and much more.  For more information, contact Liz Muroski, Director of Media and Promotions at 336-398-2742 or lmuroski@pgahq.com.